[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Friday, 28 April 2006, 16:18 GMT 17:18 UK
Trump flies in to see golf venue
Andrew Macleod and Donald Trump
Donald Trump arrived in Aberdeen on his private jet
Donald Trump is in Aberdeen to visit the area where he has vowed to build the world's best golf course.

It is being predicted the development could have the biggest impact on the local economy since the oil boom.

However, the US billionaire warned that plans for an offshore wind farm off Aberdeen could still be a stumbling block for his dream.

"This is where my mother was born and I should almost kiss the earth," he said of Scotland on his arrival.

"We are looking to build the greatest golf course in the world and it is going to be great."

I want to see the ocean, I do not want to see windmills
Donald Trump

Mr Trump is spending the weekend at the Menie Estate north of Aberdeen, where he is willing to spend 300m to create his dream facility.

Mr Trump said of the wind farm plans: "I am not thrilled - I want to see the ocean, I do not want to see windmills."

However, he said: "We have had some very positive discussions with the representatives of the wind farm and I think they are willing to make certain concessions."

Mr Trump, whose mother is from Stornoway, has vowed that the development would be the best in the world and hopes to bring major championships such as The Open to the resort.

Private jet

The planned centre would also include a lavish hotel.

Mr Trump said: "I am doing this to a large extent in honour of my mother."

But he added of the project: "If people do not want this I will go elsewhere."

Mr Trump arrived at Aberdeen Airport shortly before 1000 BST on Friday in his black, red and white private jet.

He was piped off the plane by 30-year-old Andrew Macleod, from Stornoway, who played Highland Laddie, and then walked along a red carpet.

Hotel artist impression
The planned hotel could have about 500 rooms

A survey by the Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Forum released on Friday claimed his development could have the single biggest positive impact on the local economy since the discovery of oil.

First Minister Jack McConnell had earlier rejected claims he had breached ministerial rules over his dealings with Mr Trump.

His close association with the US billionaire had come under scrutiny as a result of Mr Trump's plan to build the golf resort.

Mr Trump explained: "Jack McConnell has been amazing as a representative for Scotland, all he wanted to do was make sure we came to Scotland."

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) said there would have to be consideration given to the local countryside.

And Shiona Baird, the Green MSP for North East Scotland and energy spokesperson, said: "We have serious concerns about the environmental damage that will be involved in building a golf course and hotel complex in such an undeveloped area.

"We must also ask ourselves if this really is the kind of development we want in Scotland - we already have some of the best golf courses in the world."

Watch Trump's press conference in Aberdeen

McConnell defends Trump meetings
23 Apr 06 |  North East/N Isles
Trump planning to view golf site
15 Apr 06 |  Scotland
Turbines 'threaten' Trump plans
03 Apr 06 |  Scotland
Trump tees up golf centre project
31 Mar 06 |  Scotland
Trump 'in talks' over development
12 Jan 06 |  Scotland

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific